Category Archives: Randomosity

Springtime/Easter Minis Are Here!!

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I hope to see you there!!

The following time slots are NO LONGER available :
10.40-11.10 | 4.20-4.50 | 5.00-5.30

…Like A Skyscraper

I have been battling with myself over the last week, trying desperately to get down in words how I feel that wouldn’t anger anyone. The fact of the matter is, this is going to anger some and I am sorry if it does but I truly believe that these things need to be said. Maybe these words will actually sink in for once.

First, photography is very competitive. DSLR’s are so cheap now, that it seems like everyone owns one. That’s great! Get one if you can afford it but don’t for one second think that you can start a business the next day! I have been working my butt off for the last six years on not only the business aspect of this endeavor but the learning aspect. I carry my manual around with me, I read it daily, I take classes and workshops and do everything else I can to better myself. That being said, there was no business for the first three years! I did nothing but work, learn and shoot. Once I started the business aspect, you can bet I went legit! I may not charge a lot (according to some) but I can tell you that while I do not make much, I make sure that all of my expenses are covered…like oh paying taxes and things like that. This is not a get rich quick scheme like many seem to think, but rather I have to scrimp every last bit of my earnings to help my family get by.

Some would just say, up your prices! I don’t feel like my work is good enough for me to up my prices, not to mention the economic state this area is in. I don’t think I could get away with it even if I wanted to! So this topic here brings me to something else entirely!

So many photographers are hypocrites. Yes, I said it! I have seen SO much bullying going on in the industry and it makes us all look horrible. You can simply say yes I am going to participate in the Be Nice Campaign but in reality turn around and beat someone else down for something they did wrong in your eyes. I know three personally that did just that and all i can do is hang my head in shame for them as I know none of them even realize that what they did was bullying and bashing someone’s soul into the ground. It’s time to put the professional panties on here people, take a deep breath and suck it up!

It is NOT cool to tell someone they are undercutting the rest of the photographers in the industry just to bring in more clients! If you don’t know the photographer personally, or their situation, you have no business telling them how to run their business. Maybe, like I said, it’s an economic thing that keeps them from raising their prices. Maybe they don’t feel their work is worth that amount of money! I know I certainly fit into both of those categories but mainly that last one!

It is definitely NOT cool to tell another photographer they are talentless because you are jealous of their work, feel they are competition or whatever else might be bugging you about that person and/or their work! How would you feel if someone turned around and told you the same thing? I know it put a hole in my heart and for that split second I doubted myself and my work and thought, “Wow…that’s the second time I have been told that. Maybe I do need to put my camera down.” I then go back and look at my most recent work and realize “I got this!” But the negativity had done its damage; it’s left me feeling vulnerable and insecure. It will always remain.

As an industry full of amazing talent, we need to come together and help each other out. And those of us getting the help need to be gracious about it and accept it and not jump to the defensive end of things.

I leave you with this little tidbit…


You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass
Like I’m made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper
Like a skyscraper

Skyscraper by Demi Lovato

The Best Of 2011

It has been a long and wonderful year my amazing clients! Even though the heat, the drought and the wild fires put a damper on a lot of what there was to do this year, we didn’t let that stop us!

I want to wish each and every one of you a very Happy new Year!! May it be blessed and safe and wonderful for you all!

I have compiled a sheet of all of my favorites from this years sessions, and I think I will do this every year from here on out! You guys are beyond amazing and beautiful and it was hard to choose any at all! I was originally going to do a top 10 but as you can see…I went a bit overboard!

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Again, thank you for making this year great and looking forward to all 2012 has to offer!

Belated Holidays

Well, I am late on posting this but there has just been SO MUCH going on!

During the holidays I am a baking machine! There is no stopping me! With all that was going on this year, I didnt get to do near what I wanted to for all of the goodie boxes!

But, this was my attempt at getting some decent pics of all of the treats. I was in a rush so there is no method to the madness pics this year. Makes me sad but I will try when things get settled and I start working on Little Miss’ birthday party!

So for now, enjoy some yummy goodness!

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Removing Some Things

I have been contemplating a lot of things as I sit and rework everything. I honestly am trying my hardest to make it so that my prices are fair but at the same time I am trying to make it so that I work for more than 5 dollars and hour, which is an over estimate on some of my sessions. I think people really do forget that this is my job. This is how I put food in my kids bellies and how we pay the bills. ::sigh:: Hopefully I won’t lose any of you wonderful clients with these changes!

That being said, back to the topic here! I have had my first booking for a full out follow me all day long wedding! I am excited and can’t wait for November to roll around!

I am going to de-clutter this site by removing anything that is engagement/wedding related. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I won’t be offering those services anymore. It simply means that I will be moving all of that information to a new home.

I have decided that there is just to much going on here to try an cram all of that information into one site. If I am getting confused, then I know you are. Don’t you like that I look out for you guys and try to keep you from being overly confused!

I will be linking you guys to the new home of Sweet Emotions Weddings when I get everything ready for transfer. It should all be up by next week at the latest!

Hope you guys are ready for the new year! There will be new locations, more dates for the popular mini sessions, new websites, more goodies, possible workshops and so, SO much more!!

My Wish{es}

There are a lot of things I wish. I wish I were a better, more talented photographer for one.

I would love to be one of those photographers who can post helpful tips on her blog every other day! But the truth of the matter is that while I know what I am doing, and I know my camera inside and out, I just can’t explain things without having you here in person. I have to see your camera to understand how it works and what modes you have available to you. I am a Nikon/Fuji girl (they are sister companies and I started on Fuji which makes some wonderful cameras) and I know that while shooting in manual mode is the same on every camera, Canon and other cameras are not set up the same as my brands. I find it difficult to help someone when I don’t know the layout of their camera.

I have been told numerous times by clients that they just want to know how to take better pictures. I am considering offering a Learn Your Camera workshop. I want to know how many of you really want to take part in such a workshop? Any level, any type of digital camera, from point and shoots to DSLRs. I want to know who truly meant what they said.

So if you are interested, please leave a comment or email me thru the contact section of the site!

I look forward to hearing from those who are truly interested and want to learn a few things!

Holiday Wishes

I really need to get back into the habit of blogging at least weekly! I feel like I am seriously lagging behind on everything and that could quite possibly be because I am!

I have not had a chance to even print my Christmas cards this year…actually I just managed to make it this morning!

So, with that said, I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas!

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Birthday Boy

It’s not often that I post pictures of my little man. I don’t for reasons that do not need to be mentioned on my blog but as it is his birthday, I thought I would share his cuteness with the world today!

Say hello to my handsome one year old!! I can’t believe it’s been a year already. It has gone by way to fast and he’s way to big! I miss the (not so) tiny baby that he was but look forward to the man he will become.

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Happy birthday baby boy!!

Big Changes

It’s been a while. Life has literally been a little crazy for us.

So for those of you who don’t know, November was a horrid month for us. It started out with a move that would have been wonderful for us but that fell through. We then had to move in with my aunt while searching for a home and try to keep life normal for the kids. On top of that I had scheduled Christmas minis and then my step dad passed away and his less than wonderful family made life a nightmare for my mom! Then the week of Thanksgiving we got to move into our new home and I will be forever grateful to my grandfather for helping us out with that! It has been an ongoing onslaught of unpacking and repairing things not only in our home but the cottage that my mom will be moving into next door.

So with this move comes some big changes. Not only for me and the business but for you, my lovely clients.

Due to the move, my usual haunts are now past that 30 mile mark. Which means for you a small price hike. I am sorry, I really am, but it must be done. On the other hand, the move has opened up several new locations in the Seguin area which makes for cheaper sessions.

Another big change, later in 2012, is the on location gardens at my home as well as a mini studio for those wet, nasty, dreary days when you had a preschedule session and the weather just didn’t cooperate for us!

One more small change, portrait packages will be changing completely over to the point system to ensure that you get the most prints possible as well as exactly what you want. There will also be a few new goodies added to the list as well!

So there is a lot going on in 2012 and I can’t wait!!

Falling In Love…With You!

“Wise men say, only fools rush in. But I can’t help falling in with you.”
by : Elvis Presley (only I am channeling UB40 right now…)

I started working on this lovely young couples portraits and this song kept going through my head as I was working. I told you I was musically driven! Anyway, back on tangent! I had a great time at a new location and I hope they did too. It shows in the pictures they did which I really hope they love them!

As you may have noticed, my flyers are not up yet because they won’t upload! I don’t know what the deal is! So bear with me as I work on a completely all new page specifically made for my Holiday Mini Sessions! Keep an eye out for them as you dont want to miss out!